Molly Ringwald, star of such iconic films as The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink and Sixteen Candles, was announced Thursday (24 May) as grand marshal of the LA Pride Parade.
The parade takes place on June 10 and the honor comes at a time when Ringwald’s character on ABC Family’s The Secret Life of the American Teenager is about to embark on a lesbian fling. She has starred as Anne Juergens on the series, now in its fourth season, since 2008.
‘They’ve dealt with gay characters, and they’ve dealt with gay characters kissing — they just haven’t dealt with ‘Molly Ringwald being a lesbian,’’ Ringwald says in the new issue of Out Magazine. ‘Seeing someone that they’ve grown up with, that they’ve identified with for so long — it’s a great way to break down that us-versus-them barrier a little more.’
Ringwald’ also has an upcoming book, When It Happens to You: A Novel in Stories, that includes a story about a six-year-old transgender boy. She says that story was inspired by two families at her older daughter’s Los Angeles school.
‘Molly and crew told our stories in the 80’s, helping so many of us dealing with all of the challenges of being a teen,’ said LA Pride spokesman Sam Borelli. ‘That she continues reaching young people, letting them know that their stories matter, that they are real, is why we chose her during this year of youth empowerment.’
Ringwald follows such past grand marshals as Johnny Weir, Chelsea Handler and Sharon and Kelly Osbourne. The parade takes place on Saturday, June 10 during a two-day pride festival.